Cinemalaya 2012 Guide: The New Breed

What to watch and when among Cinemalaya’s crop of breakthrough indies.

(SPOT.ph) Despite the MNL 143 controversy, which prompted some calls for boycott earlier this year, this year’s Cinemalaya independent film festival is as strong as ever, featuring a varied lineup of  movies that are light-years away from the "named-after-a-song" rom-com predictability of much of Philippine cinema. What should you watch? When should you watch?

We’ve got the Cinemalaya lowdown on the "New Breed" category of films that feature up-and-coming filmmakers, including trailers, info, and schedules. Click here for our guide on the "Director’s Showcase" category.

 

 

Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino

What's It About: Adapted from the eponymous Palanca-winning short story by Eros Atalia, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino is the love story between a tahong diver (the best in town) and his lifelong love, a prostitute named Doray Langaw.

Who's Starring: JM de Guzman, LJ Reyes, and Joross Gamboa

Who's Directing: Lemuel Lorca

Why We're Excited: The Batang Ama star confessed that diving in the murky waters of Sangley Point was a difficult experience. "Mabaho talaga... (may lumulutang na) napkin, used napkin. (May mga dumi ng tao) hindi ko na nakikita usually ’yon, pero naamoy ko at nalasahan..." recalled de Guzman in a PEP.ph interview. We just want to check if the sacrifice was worth it.

 

Schedule:

July 21: 6:15 p.m. (Gala, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 22: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 23: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 24: 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 25: 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 9 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 26: 4 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 27: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 6:15 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 28: 9 p.m. (Greebelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 29: 11 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

 

 

 

REquieme!

What's It's About: Swanie, a barangay chair and distant relative of a killer, attempts to curry political favor by staging a wake for her notorious kin. Meanwhile, miles away, her son tries to give his neighbor a proper funeral. Still, in another seemingly unrelated circumstance, an estranged mother and son portray their own dealing with "death"-and in a very unusual way. The three stories intertwine to give a showcase of Pinoy culture and our penchant for turning funerals into a fiesta.

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Who's Starring: Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Rez Cortez, Anthony Falcon, Paul Jake Paule, Renner Concepcion, Garry Lim, Angelita Raymundo, Skyzx Labastilla, Jelson Bay, Roli Inocencio, Lila Cuntapay, Antonette Garcia, Ces Aldaba and Lou Veloso

Who's Directing: Loy Arcenas (Niño)

Why We're Excited: Arcenas' first attempt with Niño last year was brilliant so we have very high hopes for his second film.

 

Schedule:

July 21: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:15 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 22: 6:15 p.m. (Gala, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 23: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 24: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 25: 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 26: 12:45 (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 27: 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 28: 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 29: 3:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

 

 

Oros

What's It About: The owner of a funeral parlor sells a cadaver to a saklaan kasero named Makoy. He and his brother, Abet, then stage a three-week-long fake wake to make a profit.

Who's Starring: Kristoffer King, Tanya Gomez and Kristofer Martin

Who's Directing: Paul Sta. Ana (Marino and Huling Pasada; he also wrote award-winning screenplays such as Mayohan and Bisperas)

Why We're Excited: It's always fun to watch witty takes on Pinoy culture.

 

Schedule:

July 21: 12:45 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 22: 12:45 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:15 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 23: 6:15 p.m. (Gala, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 24: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 25: 4 p.m. (Greenbelt 5); 9 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 26: 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3)

July 27: 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 28: 10 a.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater); 4 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

 

 

 

Ang Katiwala (The CareTaker)

What's It About: Ruben takes on the job as a caretaker of an abandoned property in Quezon City which was once owned by a prominent figure in the Philippines. When a reporter interviews him about the house's history, Ruben is shamed, realizing he knows nothing about the owner. With newfound vigor, he begins reading up on the man and his fascination borders on obsession. So much so that his friend, Gimo, even jokes that he is being possessed by the soul of his new hero.

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Who's Starring: Dennis Trillo, Ronnie Lazaro, Angelina Canapi, Althea Vega, Miggs Cuaderno, Neri Naig, Ernie Zarate, Shyr Valdez, Richard Manabat, Louella de Cordova, Aileen Lota, and Dado Jose

Who's Directing: Aloy Adlawan (Room Boy, Signos)

Why We're Excited: Ang Katiwala was based on a real-life predicament when a property with seemingly high historical value was put on the market. We want to see how the award-winning director jazzed it up for film.

 

Schedule:

July 21: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 22: 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 23: 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 24: 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 9 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 25: 6:15 p.m. (Gala, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 26: 9 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 27: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 28: 4 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 9 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 29: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

 

 

Aparisyon

What's It About: The peace at the Adoration Monastery is disrupted when an extern nun, Remy, learns that her left-leaning brother has gone missing. Despite failing to obtain a leave of absence from the Mother Superior, Remy smuggles a pocket radio into the cloisters in her desperation to listen to the news. Lourdes, a novice nun, sympathizes with Remy, and volunteers to be an extern herself. Together, they start attending meetings of families with missing relatives. As the pair heads back to the monastery after one clandestine gathering, they are accosted by men and Lourdes is discovered the next day, hurt and sexually abused. The incident shocks the monastery and stirs political consciousness among the nuns.

Who's Starring: Mylene Dizon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Fides Cuyogan-Asencio, Racquel Villavicencio, Rustica Carpio

Who's Directing: Vincent Sandoval (Señorita)

Why We're Excited: Director Vincent Sandoval revealed during a press conference that Aparisyon was a very visual film. "Its most arresting and powerful scenes are its quietest," he said, hinting at a four-minute scene where Dizon and Sta. Maria had a powerful, emotional exchange sans dialogue.

 

Schedule:

July 21: 9 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 22: 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 23: 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 24: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 25: 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater); 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

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July 26: 6:15 p.m. (Gala, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 27: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 28: 11 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 6:15 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 29: 12:45 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

 

 

Mga Dayo: Resident Aliens

What's It About: Three separate lives meet in this insightful drama set during Thanksgiving in Guam. A newspaper photographer consents to a "green card marriage," a journalist tries to repair her relationship with her American husband, and a hotel housekeeper brings her ailing 88-year-old mother to the States, only to struggle to send her back to the Philippines-three stories about decisions, sacrifices, and finding home.

Who's Starring: Sue Prado, Olga Natividad, Janela Carrera

Who's Directing: Julius Sotomayor-Cena (Lutrina, Dito Sa Lupa)

Why We're Excited: This is the first Cinemalaya entry to be filmed overseas!

 

Schedule:

July 21: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 22: 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 23: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 24: 12:45 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 26: 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 27: 6:15 p.m. (Gala, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 28: 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 29: 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

 

 

 

Ang Nawawala (What Isn't There)

What's It About: This film revolves around Gibson Bonifacio, a 20-year-old returning to Manila after studying abroad. While adjusting to his life back home, he reconnects with his childhood best friend and they begin a romance. In the end, Bonifacio revives his relationship with his family and friends while discovering himself along the way.

Who's Starring: Dominic Roco, Felix Roco, Annicka Dolonius, Alchris Galura, Mercedes Cabral, Kelvin Yu, Jenny Jamora, Marc Abaya, Sabrina Man, Boboy Garrovillo, and Dawn Zulueta

Who's Directing: Marie Jamora (her resume includes several music videos and the first season of Project Runway Philippines)

Why We're Excited: Not only is this Marie Jamora's (much-anticipated) first full-length film, it also gives us a peek into the Pinoy music scene.

 

Schedule:

July 21: 3:30 p.m. (Gala, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 22: 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 23: 6:15 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 24: 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

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July 25: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 26: 12:45 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 9 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 27: 9 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 28: 11 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:15 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 29: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 4 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

 

 

 

 

The Animals

 

What's It About: A day in the life of the ultra-privileged, when school is out and the party begins. The title’s not just for show, too; we fully expect the three characters-Jake, Trina, and Alex-to take a walk on the wild side before the party winds down.

Who's Starring: Albie Casiño, Patrick Sugui, Dawn Balagot, Issa Litton, Micah Cabral, Vangie Martelle, John Wayne Sace, Bryan Homecillo, Carlo Cruz, Andrew Felix

Who's Directing: Gino M. Santos (this is his first feature-length film)

Why We're Excited: Pinoy indie film is sometimes unfairly skewered as "poverty porn"-an affectation that forms the meat of last year’s Cinemalaya darling Ang Babae sa Septic Tank-and we’re curious to see how newcomer Gino Santos flips the coin over to the hyper-affluent. Will he go for a skewering...or sympathy?

 

Schedule:

July 21: 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 22: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1), 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 23: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5), 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 24: 9:00 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 26: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:15 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 27: 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall), 9:00 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 28: 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 29: 10:00 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

 

 

 

 

Santa Niña

 

What's It About: The beguiling video teasers don’t say much, but Santa Nina tells the story of a father whose child is buried in a lahar flow in Bacolor back in 1995. Fast-forward to ten years later: the perfectly-preserved remains of the child are uncovered, and the father begins a campaign to elevate his kid to sainthood.

Who's Starring: Coco Martin, Alessandra de Rossi, Anita Linda, Angel Aquino, Irma Adlawan, Nanding Josef, Lui Manansala, Joe Gruta, Bea Garcia, Dax Alejandro, Rie Batingana

Who's Directing: Emmanuel Q. Palo (this is his first feature-length film)

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Why We're Excited: It’s no secret that we’re partial to Coco Martin’s talent around here...especially when he’s about to tackle meaty issues like faith and salvation.

 

Schedule:

July 21: 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9 p.m. (Greenbelt 5)

July 22: 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 23: 12:45  p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater), 6:15 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater)

July 24: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 25: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 26: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 28: 11:00 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater), 9:00pm (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

 

 

 

 

Diablo

 

What's It About: So, unfortunately, we can’t find any video trailer for Diablo on the Internet (if you know of any, please give us a tip in the comments). But the premise is intriguing enough: a long-suffering matriarch, five wastrel sons, the fatal stabbing of one of the said sons, and the crackling, emotional family reunion that’s sure to follow.

Who's Starring: Ama Quiambao, Carlo Aquino, Althea Vega, Jose Escobedo, Arnold Reyes, Roeder Camañag, Fredie dela Cruz

Who's Directing: Mes De Guzman (short film Batang Trapo and feature The Road to Kalimugtong)

Why We're Excited: Mes De Guzman’s independent, Nueva Vizcaya-based work ethic has paid off in the past: his past films have nabbed grand prizes in festivals in Africa, Europe, and North America.

 

Schedule:

July 21: 10:00 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 3:30 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 22: 12:45  p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 23: 4:00  p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1), 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 24: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3), 9:00 p.m. (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino-CCP Little Theater)

July 25: 6:15 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 26: 9:00  p.m. (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo-CCP Main Theater)

July 27: 3:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 28: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall), 6:15 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 29: 12:45 p.m. (Tanghalang Huseng Batute-CCP Studio Theater), 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3, Cinema 5)


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